Mike Byster / Brainetics Presentation, Wednesday, April 17, 9:30am, Legacy Academy cafeteria

Deborah Landy, thank you for arranging this incredible presentation!

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I am pleased to announce that Mike Byster will share his amazing and unique Brainetics learning program to our fourth grade students on Wednesday, April 17, 9:30pm in the Legacy Academy cafeteria.

Mike and his Brainetics program were featured in September, 2007 on ABC’s 20/20 news program. You can see that segment online at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hv5QLyBr1CQ

Mike has created a system for solving complex math problems by using a series of patterns and short-cuts that demystify how numbers work. He also teaches how parents and children can work together to greatly improve the child’s memory.

You can learn more about Mike and the Brainetics program at www.Brainetics.com.

Parents are encouraged to attend the presentation so that they can reinforce some of the learning that will go on at the workshop. Mike believes that children get their information at school, but they get their learning habits from home. He receives thousands of letters from parents every year stating that the hour they spent at the show has positively impacted the way they work with their children.

Mike recognizes that student success is directly correlated to parental involvement and that is why we are inviting all the fourth grade parents. This is an educational presentation not to be missed.

You must RSVP using the parent letter that was sent home in today’s Monday Folder. Please join us!

Week 31 (April 15-19, 2013)

Various 2012-13 photos can be seen here.

Race to Read (Week 4). Mr. T’s class is currently in 3rd (from last) place:

  • While optional, students are highly encouraged to participate in this 6 week incentive program to encourage reading at homeRace to Read started March 25, the Monday during our Spring Break.
  • The 1st and 2nd reading log sheets were sent home in Monday Folders the week of parent/teacher conferences. A “Parent Information Letter” describing the program is printed on the back of the 1st sheet. Additional log sheets can be obtained from Mrs. Littlefield.
  • We are emphasizing honesty when filling out the log sheets. A parent’s signature is required with each completed sheet.
  • Just read, man!

Everyone Seems Normal

For your calendar:

  • Monday. After today, your student becomes a fifth grader in 26.5 “school” days.
  • WednesdayLibrary books are due and Star of the Week
  • ThursdayStar of the Week
  • Friday. All school Dress of Choice Day.
  • April 26. Teacher in-service (no school for students).
  • May 4 (Saturday), Spring Fling Fiesta.” This is Legacy’s big annual fundraiser (my band, Martyrs, will be playing. Hope you can make it).
  • May 22 (Wednesday). Paint Mines field trip, Calhan, 8:30-2:30.

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iPads. Please make certain your student brings a fully-charged iPad each morning.

How we’re working in the classroom:

  • Spelling. All spelling words are on your kiddo’s iPad in their Google Drive. They know how to access them. Also, if they’ve done their Monday classwork, they will have them entered into their spelling app and can take pretest after pretest at home throughout the week.
  • Vocabulary. The class will use flashcards created on Quizlet.com to study the week’s vocabulary words. Again, their vocabulary words are listed each week in their iTunes U language arts course.
  • Reading. Please have your student listen to the story at least one time at home during the week.
  • Math.  Ask your student to show you her/his progress in Moby Math. Review with them any practice sets where they scored lower than 70% (they will be highlighted in yellow).
  • Science. All work will be done in the classroom using Discovery Education.

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Week 30 (April 8-12, 2013)

Sheep lung dissection videos can be seen here.

Pack in some groceries: there’s a winter storm on the way beginning before midnight on Monday.

Race to Read (Week 3):

  • While optional, students are highly encouraged to participate in this 6 week incentive program to encourage reading at homeRace to Read started March 25, the Monday during our Spring Break.
  • The 1st and 2nd reading log sheets were sent home in Monday Folders the week of parent/teacher conferences. A “Parent Information Letter” describing the program is printed on the back of the 1st sheet. Additional log sheets can be obtained from Mrs. Littlefield.
  • We are emphasizing honesty when filling out the log sheets. A parent’s signature is required with each completed sheet.
  • Just read, man!

Ninja Cake

For your calendar:

  • Monday. After today, your student becomes a fifth grader in 31.5 “school” days.
  • WednesdayLibrary books are due and Star of the Week
  • ThursdayStar of the Week
  • Friday. Rockies Day (dress in your favorite Colorado Rockies gear for $2).
  • April 19. All school Dress of Choice Day.
  • April 26. Teacher in-service (no school for students).
  • May 4 (Saturday), Spring Fling Fiesta.” This is Legacy’s big annual fundraiser (my band, Martyrs, will be playing. Hope you can make it).
  • May 22 (Wednesday). Paint Mines field trip, Calhan, 8:30-2:30.

History of the World

iPads. Please make certain your student brings a fully-charged iPad each morning.

How we’re working in the classroom:

  • Spelling. All spelling words are on your kiddo’s iPad in their Google Drive. They know how to access them. Also, if they’ve done their Monday classwork, they will have them entered into their spelling app and can take pretest after pretest at home throughout the week.
  • Vocabulary. The class will use flashcards created on Quizlet.com to study the week’s vocabulary words. Again, their vocabulary words are listed each week in their iTunes U language arts course.
  • Reading. Please have your student listen to the story at least one time at home during the week.
  • Math.  Ask your student to show you her/his progress in Moby Math. Review with them any practice sets where they scored lower than 70% (they will be highlighted in yellow).
  • Science. All work will be done in the classroom using Discovery Education.

 

Notebook paper jail

Notebook paper jail

Week 29 (April 1-5, 2013)

Science field trip:

  • I have permission slips from all but two kiddos (you know who you are).
  • Many students have not turned in their field trip money ($9) and it’s needed post haste. If no dough by Tuesday morning, they cannot participate.
  • Chaperones (I have all I need, by the way. Thank you): if you volunteered online, but have not received an email regarding your responsibilities and work schedule, contact me at dave.tallent@legacyk8.org.
  • If you still need to complete the permission slip, you can fill it out online at:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?fromEmail=true&formkey=dDBESTlGVDNZeHI2Y3Q1M2g3U01VMVE6MQ

Race to Read (Week 2):

  • While optional, students are highly encouraged to participate in this 6 week incentive program to encourage reading at home. Race to Read started March 25, the Monday during our Spring Break.
  • The 1st and 2nd reading log sheets were sent home in Monday Folders the week of parent/teacher conferences. A “Parent Information Letter” describing the program is printed on the back of the 1st sheet.
  • We are emphasizing honesty when filling out the log sheets. A parent’s signature is required with each completed sheet.
  • Just read, man!

Some wise guy's conceptualization of the "real" Mr. T

For your calendar:

  • Monday. After today, your student becomes a fifth grader in 36.5 “school” days.
  • TuesdaySheep lung dissections in Legacy Academy middle school science lab with staff from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
  • WednesdayLibrary books are due and Star of the Week
  • ThursdayStar of the Week
  • April 19. All school Dress of Choice Day.
  • April 26. Teacher in-service (no school for students).
  • May 4 (Saturday), Spring Fling Fiesta.” This is Legacy’s big annual fundraiser (my band, Martyrs, will be playing. Hope you can make it).
  • May 22 (Wednesday). Paint Mines field trip, Calhan, 8:30-2:30.
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Snakes on a Plane

iPads. Please make certain your student brings a fully-charged iPad each morning.

How we’re working in the classroom:

  • Reading. Some students are working outside the classroom one-on-one with an instructor, in small reading groups, and/or using a computerized reading program.  Other students are reading selections at home and commenting on what they’ve read. Most students do these tasks in addition to their weekly Open Court reading.
    • Testing.  Students take weekly quizzes on spelling, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and daily language. Immediately after testing, daily language and spelling results can be emailed to you by your student. Reading comprehension and vocabulary test results can be found by Monday on Infinite Campus.
  • Vocabulary. The class will use flashcards created on Quizlet.com to study the week’s vocabulary words.
  • Daily Language Review (DLR).  Students use an annotation app to make editing marks on their daily practice sheets (ask them about the DocAs app). Students discuss and make corrections, save them in a “DLR” folder, and can email their completed sheets to you.
  • Math.  The routine is to pretest to see if what is being covered in the lesson has already been mastered by the student.  Next, unmastered or new concepts are (re)taught.  Finally, they test to determine if they have indeed mastered the concepts.  Testing informs me where learning gaps exist, e.g., lack of mastery with multiplication facts and how to divide. There is daily introduction and review of math concepts.  We use the iPad for quizzes and reinforcement, i.e., Moby Math.
  • Science.  With the exception of an occasional reading and video viewing on a science topic, all work will be done in the classroom using Discovery Education.

Week 28 with sheep heart dissection field trip permission slip (March 18-22, 2013)

Science field trip:

  • Field trip permission slips and money ($9) for the April 2nd sheep heart dissection labs are due Wednesday, March 20.
  • In my email sent last Friday to all parents, I mentioned that the permission slip is to be completed online
  • You can also volunteer to chaperone (at no charge) at one of the three labs using the same permission slip.
  • After completing the form online, all that’s necessary is to send money to me with your kiddo.
  • If you missed the email or had trouble viewing or submitting the form, you can fill it out online:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?fromEmail=true&formkey=dDBESTlGVDNZeHI2Y3Q1M2g3U01VMVE6MQ

Teacher cartoon

For your calendar:

  • Monday. Fourth quarter begins. After today, your student becomes a fifth grader in 39.5 “school” days.
  • WednesdayLibrary books and field trip permission slips are due; parent/teacher conferences 4-8pm.
  • Thursday. Parent/teacher conferences 8am-noon (no school for students)
  • FridaySpring Break begins (no school for students).
  • March 4-20. TCAP (make-up testing only).
  • March 21-31. Spring Break (no school for students).
  • April 2Sheep lung dissections in Legacy Academy middle school science lab with staff from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
  • May 4 (Saturday), Spring Fling Fiesta.” This is Legacy’s big annual fundraiser (my band, Martyrs, will be playing. Hope you can make it).
  • May 22 (Wednesday). Paint Mines field trip, Calhan, 8:30-2:30.

Michelangelo's Parent Teacher Conference

iPads. Please make certain your student brings a fully-charged iPad each morning.

How we’re working in the classroom:

  • All subjects. No testing this week. Students will be selecting work to display during conferences.  They will be reading excerpts from “Music and Slavery,” rotating through Reading Plus, and blogging.  Math and science as usual.
(Image credit: unknown)

(Image credit: unknown)

Week 27 (March 11-15, 2013)

TCAP (formerly CSAP) testing concludes Monday. Yeah. Some reminders for PARENTS:

  • all electronic devicewill be collected daily before testing. All devices will be returned to students before lunch.
  • make sure your student is rested, has eaten breakfast, and has a water bottle and a good book to read.
  • testing session / time: one test / 8:20-10:00, Monday (make-up testing throughout the week as needed)
  • they will need a snack
  • following Monday’s TCAP session, they will complete normal classwork and any missing third quarter reading, writing, math, and science assignments

I'm just saying...

For your calendar:

  • MondayTCAP testing (see above).
  • WednesdayLibrary books are due and Star of the Week
  • ThursdayStar of the Week and Legacy’s Got Talent Show tryouts, Ms. Klick’s room, 4pm
  • Friday. All School Dress of Choice and individual Spring portrait photos
  • March 4-20. TCAP (testing) for 4th grade.
  • March 20 (regular school day for students) and 21 (no school for students). Parent/teacher conferences.
  • March 21-31. Spring Break (no school for students).
  • April 2Sheep lung dissections in Legacy Academy middle school science lab with staff from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
  • May 4 (Saturday), Spring Fling Fiesta.” This is Legacy’s big annual fundraiser (my band, Martyrs, will be playing. Hope you can make it).
  • May 22 (Wednesday). Paint Mines field trip, Calhan, 8:30-2:30.

Poor Fluffy...

iPads. Please make certain your student brings a fully-charged iPad each morning.  They will be using them after lunch on most days this week, especially those students with missing assignments.

How we’re working in the classroom:

  • All subjects. After Monday’s TCAP testing, it’s business as usual.  As mentioned, they will also work in class to complete any missing third quarter assignments.

Math problems

Week 26 (March 4-8, 2013)

TCAP (formerly CSAP) testing reminders for PARENTS:

  • iPads and all other electronic devices (including but not limited to mobile phones, computers, iPods, mp3 players, and portable gaming systems) will be collected daily before testing. All devices will be returned to students before lunch.
  • make sure your student is rested, has eaten breakfast, and has a water bottle and a good book to read.
  • testing sessions / times: two tests per day / 8:20-11:00, Monday thru Thursday (Friday: make-up testing)
  • they will need a snack
  • no other testing (including studying for any tests) or homework for the entire week, however
  • they will work in class throughout the week to complete any missing third quarter reading, writing, math, and science assignments

TCAP (formerly CSAP) testing reminders for STUDENTS:

  • Read the questions first to guide your reading.
  • Practice your mnemonics, e.g., TAPP: Topic. Audience. Purpose. Plan. And,
  • Decent Kids Pass Tests Timely:” Read Directions. Look for Keywords. Plan your writing. Stay on Topic. Make Ten Edits.
  • On writing drafts, remember, they call them “sloppy copies” for a reason. Also, always cross-out instead of erase.
  • Relax. Breathe. Focus. Repeat.
Be excellent, fourth graders!

Be excellent, fourth graders!

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For your calendar:

  • March 4-20. TCAP (testing) for 4th grade.
  • March 20 (regular school day for students) and 21 (no school for students). Parent/teacher conferences.
  • April 2Sheep lung dissections in Legacy Academy middle school science lab with staff from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
  • May 4 (Saturday), Spring Fling Fiesta.” This is Legacy’s big annual fundraiser (last year, my band, Martyrs, played. I’m hoping for a repeat performance).
  • May 22 (Wednesday). Paint Mines field trip, Calhan, 8:30-2:30.

iPads. Please make certain your student brings a fully-charged iPad each morning.  They will be using them after lunch on most days this week, especially those students with missing assignments.

How we’re working in the classroom:

  • Math and Science. In preparation for next week’s math portion of the TCAP, I will continue to briefly review and reinforce concepts.  As mentioned, they will also work in class to complete any missing third quarter assignments.

Moon, We Got Here

(Credit: NASA)

Sheep lung dissection (in-school) field trip date has been determined

Save the date:  all day, Tuesday, April 2, in Legacy Academy’s middle school science lab.

NO PERMISSION SLIPS HAVE BEEN CREATED YET, so cool your jets (they’ll go out the second week of March and be collected before Spring Break). Cost: $9 per student.

I will need 15 volunteers total, to be utilized as follows:

  • five volunteers at a time
  • in one of the three 90 minute labs spread throughout the day
  • Volunteers will supervise one of five stations related to the circulatory system as four students at a time rotate through.
  • Volunteers will be supervised by staff from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

It will be most excellent.

Some pictures from previous sheep heart dissection labs:

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